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Submission + - Marlinspike's solution to the SSL CA problem (convergence.io)

Trevelyan writes: In his Blackhat talk on the past and future of SSL (you can find the video and slide if you really try, or just buy them from BH) Moxie Marlinspike explains the problems of SSL today, and the history of how it came to be so. He then goes on to not only propose a soution, but he's implemented it as well: Convergence, it'll let you turn off all those untrustable CAs in you browser and still safely use HTTPS. It even works with self-signed certificates. You still need to trust someone, but not forever like CAs. The system has 'Notaries', which you can ask anonymously for their view on a certificates authenticity. You can pool Notaries for a consensus, and add/remove them at any time.
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Submission + - Nintendo (risks) bricking Wii's in attempt to bloc (hackmii.com)

Trevelyan writes: "Nintendo have just released a new update to all Wii's: System Menu 4.2. It appears the sole purpose of this update is to remove all "unauthorised" installed software and attempt to close any bug that might be used to reinstall them. This includes updating the boot loader. However Nintendo's update code is not as robust as that of the Bootmii installer, thus if the update does not go smoothly your wii will be bricked (regardless of if you have unauthorised software or not). Team tweezers have already released an updated installer to give you a version of the Homebrew Channel that will survive Nintendo's update, however your bootloader can not be protected."

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